It had windows xp installed, but it was not "genuine". I didnt want to pay MS 150$ for it to be validated, so I started looking into free linux operating systems. I downloaded Ubuntu and installed alongside windows. It worked. I wanted to get rid of Windows xp entirely.
no graphics card (motherboard only)
I have one 3.5 gb hd, one 4gb hd, and one 120gb hd.
I dont use them all at once, the 120gb is always the slave.
I switch between the other two for the master.
I have downloaded and burned .iso's for Ubuntu, knoppix, openSuse, openMamba, Puppy. I can get openSuse to run, but not install (Freezes up during partioning). Knoppix will sometimes get to the desktop, but not install to HD. Ubuntu doesnt even get to the desktop, just the first menu. OpenMamba freezes and puppy keeps coming up with errors and says "trying to kill init!" then freezes.
I'm not a tech, and a real noob to linux.
I dont know what to do. Obviously some of the operating systems work off the live cd, could it be that I dont have enough memory for the install?
If I could I would format both hard drives (and loose everything is fine with me). start with a clear computer. I dont know how to do that.
Does anybody have any ideas on what I can do to get it back up and running? only using free programs?
Not sure if the master boot record is in bad shape(most likely)
If someone suggests just using an operating system, could you also refer me to a known working link that will pass the md5sum, I think a couple of the iso's I burned didnt pass, including the openSuse that actually runs but wont install.
My computer will work, just need to know what to do to it. I dont care what operating system is installed, just not Windows.
I would appreciate any help at all.